Chelsea are said to be in talks with La Liga giants Atletico Madrid over a £30 million move for creative midfielder Koke in a deal that could see flop full-back Filipe Luis return to the Spanish capital, according to the Daily Express.
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Manager Jose Mourinho secured the club’s first Premier League title in five years on Sunday, but he has identified several areas of his squad that he hopes to bolster when the transfer window reopens in July.
With a renewed assault on the Champions League in mind, Mourinho sees Koke as the ideal man to unlock European defences, though he had recently penned a five-year deal only recently.
Koke has a £44 million release clause installed in his deal, but the Blues are hoping to be able to send Felipe Luis back to where he came from in a bid to drive the price down to £30 million after an unsuccessful season in west London.
After watching the midfielder in action over the past few weeks, the club have already begun initial talks to bring him to the Premier League.